Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Before and After of a Beach House!

Last year we did a thing.
We bought a beach bungalow.
Now, I have to be honest.  I was a little hesitant.
We looked and looked and looked.
We were on a pretty strict budget and everything we were looking at was just well.
We honestly had just about given up.
We wanted a place that our family could use, one that could be easily updated without spending a fortune, and one that we could rent out.
In comes my youngest daughter and leave it to her, she hiked down to Sandestin to look at a home that we had tried unsuccessfully to view. (The owners were a bit weird about letting people look at it).
It completely fit the bill and we bought it site unseen.
It was everything we were looking for!

***we will be painting the shutters a pale green soon!
and I can't wait!
Let's see.....
It hadn't been updated in oh 18 or so years, and I mean big time dated.  It was on a rental program and most of all the furniture had to be replaced.  Appliances were extremely dated.
But, for us, the space worked and it was on a golf course which was a plus.
And, a short golf cart ride to the beach.
Lots of walking trails, and the tennis and golf at Sandestin is some of the best around.

I looked through some of my pictures from last December when we did our mini renovation so I'll try to walk you through it.
The outside of the home has tons of curb appeal, and a large wrap around porch in the back where golfers can hit their errant golf balls.
(I usually pick up about 5 a day when I'm here)
Lets start with my least favorite decorated part of the house......
The living room.
All of this furniture had to go and the rug was a disaster
As you can see there was a HUGE fake palm tree. That and the yellow floral couch and loveseat HAD TO GO.
Here it is now.

You may recognize that painting from the previous pic.
I painted over it😂
Let me break it down cost wise for you
Sectional - Macys - 1,800.00
Coffee table - Southeastern Salvage - 275.00
Rug - Tuesday Morning - 650.00
Lamps - Stock and Trade - 450.00 for the pair
Two new chairs - 1300.00 total
New side tables - Tuesday Morning - 200.00
Accessories - around 500.00

Next was the kitchen and dining.
First of all the refrigerator was too short. duh.

All new appliances, wacked off the tiered island to create a larger work space and allow for more seating.  Also removed all that clutter from the top of the cabinets.
The 2nd part of the renovation will be to change out the tile countertops, new sink and possibly paint the cabinets.
Let's break the cost down
New appliances were in the 5,000.00 range
Barstools - Ballards - 300.00
Removing tier of countertop and replacing - 2500.00
New lighting - 200.00

The Dining Room

Light fixture had to go.
Painted the table, changed out the art, new chairs, new rug.
Let's break it down
New chairs - Ballards - 500.00 total
Paint for table - 50.00
New chandelier - World Mkt. - 350.00
Rug - Stock and Trade - 500.00

I don't have before pics of the bedrooms but trust me.
But here they are now!

The furniture was usable, I just added the new bedding.  I painting the art and also spray painted the lamps and changed lampshades.
All the new bedding came from Frontgate Outlet and Stock and Trade pillows.  I think I spent about 300.00 for all of it.
SO easy to spray paint lamps. These were yellow before I painted them.  The key is to use the correct paint.  Ask me what kind in the comments and I'll be happy to respond.

So the 2nd bedroom had this Hawaiian theme going on.😳
This was after we painted it.
It was electric blue.
Like blinding electric blue.
Complete with the leis as the window treatments.
I'm serious.
Here is is now

I absolutely LOVE the crab print over the bed.
Shout out to my friend Matt who sells next to me at Roundop but I can't remember the company name😩
I can get it for you though if you must have that crab.

Let's break it down
All the furniture was left and is in great shape
Bedding - Restoration Hardware. (I'll spare you the cost because it was one of my more stupid moves)
Except, dust ruffle and shams - Bed, Bath, and Beyond which was about 200.00

and then there was the 2nd bath....
while I love orange, this had to go.

Obviously we painted.
But all the bathrooms in the house still need updating and that is our next project.

I also don't have pics of the upstairs. RATS

There was a large king bed up there and we decided to utilize space and put 2 queen beds up there for maximum sleeping potential.

All bedding I snatched at the Pottery Barn Outlet for a steal!
I think every bit of this was around 450.00

P.S. I chose not to add drapes to any of the windows, only blinds.
I was advised by many friends who rent their homes that sadly the damage to drapes is unimaginable.  SO, while the home would look SO much better with draperies, I'm not in the market of replacing them all the time.

SO....this is our little Beach Bungalow!
It's called "Golfing Around in Laurel Grove" and you can find it here!
Complete with a brand new 6 seater golf cart!

***that is when we're not using it😊

have a great day y'all!

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